“King Tide” for Patreon Members

“King Tide,” my first Patreon post, is up and available for members. The 1,885-word story centers around a family celebrating their child’s birthday before a King Tide arrives.

At the top of the stairs, I yell at Keith that we have to hurry and go now because the time has changed. My heart races. My head throbs. I can’t tie my shoes any faster. His dress shoes clack on the tile, and the liquor cabinet clangs. I yell again while he probably downs one shot before we leave. His cologne enters our bedroom before he does. Loosening his tie, he asks what’s going on, and I throw my head toward the television. “They’ve upped it by fifteen minutes.” My legs shiver from being in bed all day. I had waited for him to wake me until it was time for us to see Cody.

“King Tide” – William Auten

Happy Thanksgiving—and be thankful for all that you have including the folks who put their lives at risk for us. And don’t forget to buy and the spread the word about my latest novel In Another Sun, available from Tortoise Books.

“Moonflowers” Now Available in Illuminations

If he could plant flowers on the moon for her, he would—lilacs in craters’ shadows, roses in grayscale cracks, and daisies (among her favorites) facing the long, rough edge fading into space, their yellows and oranges spiraling in front of endless black; and if he could spell her name on that same surface, he would and would time the sun’s passing that brightens the petals-as-letters like fiery birds flocking for a moment before scattering again. But he rolls over, sniffles, glances at the plastic and papier mâché spaceships that he built and strung over his bed alongside aluminum foil-ball planets that he painted.

“Moonflowers,” William Auten, Illuminations 35, summer 2020

“Moonflowers” is now available in Illuminations 35, summer 2020.

Thank you to Simon Lewis, staff, and College of Charleston’s Department of English—and thank you for reading.

“Creek on the Right” Now Available at Dead Mule School

All but one of the horses stand in the stable. Shielding the fireplace’s glow, Tom double-checks the window. Often in winter light and in sightlines from the living room to the pasture, the palomino can disappear.

William Auten, “Creek on the Right”

“Creek on the Right” is now available at The Dead Mule School (“No good Southern fiction is complete without a dead mule.”). Thank you to Valerie and the DMS staff—and thanks to you for reading.

“Start of the Season” Now Available in Valparaiso Fiction Review

Something about a tattoo he had and wanted to talk to her about while they stayed on the cape. Not wanting to make a big deal about it, but he wanted her to know. From his youth, he said, smiling when he mentioned this feature, which she had not yet seen, somewhere on his body.

William Auten, “Start of the Season,” Valparaiso Fiction Review, volume 9, issue 2, summer 2020

“Start of the Season” is now available in Valparaiso Fiction Review, volume 9, issue 2, summer 2020

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In Another Sun Praise – Alice Kaltman

Beautifully rendered and mesmerizing, In Another Sun is a book to treasure. This story is a gift of words, strung together like beads on a twisting strand, leading us forward and backwards through Vanessa Ochoa’s life. Her reflective journey is an ode to time and grace, a story of lives intersecting and loves lost, of treasured connections and faith restored.

Alice Kaltman, author of Staggerwing and Wavehouse

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In Another Sun Praise – Debbie Graber

William Auten’s In Another Sun burns with haunting fire; it reminds us that our lives are often only truly experienced in fragments. We exist through the shards of our memories, through snippets of conversations, through what is and what could have been. Auten’s prose thoughtfully explores the powerful notion that, perhaps above all, our heart’s desire is simply to be known.

Debbie Graber, author of Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday

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